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Tide Star D-Lineman Names His Surprisingly Toughest O-Line This Year...

on 12/11/2016

Crimson Tide Football:

Before the College Football Awards Show, the Crimson Tide's first national defensive player of the year, 'Jonathan Allen', added a little more insight on a few topics.

A couple brought some interesting answers.

First, Allen was asked about the toughest test the Alabama defensive line faced this fall. Take a few guesses and you probably won't identify the one that impressed Allen the most.

"
The best offensive line? I have to give it to the Kentucky front," Allen said. "That was probably the most physical game that I played in this year. I have to give it to them. They came with it that game and kind of caught us by surprise. That was a real physical game."

The Wildcats ran for 72 yards on 36 carries and finished with 161 total yards. Alabama sacked the passer four times, twice resulting in lost fumbles.

What made Kentucky so tough?

"I don't know, I guess it was just the determination and the want to," Allen said. "
They meant business when they came. I feel like we kind of overlooked them a little bit at first. But yeah, man, it was a wake-up call for us up front. We have to bring it. These guys are playing SEC ball."

Changing topics, Allen was asked about the next wave of Alabama defensive lineman as his time here draws down. Without hesitation, he named one.

"
Quinnen Williams," Allen said confidently. "That's the guy you need to know. He's going to be a baller. He's going to be a beast."

The Birmingham product and Wenonah graduate appears to be redshirting as he's without game action thus far. He came to Alabama as a four-star prospect and the No. 16 defensive tackle in the 247Sports composite of recruiting rankings.

The reasoning for Allen's praise is simple enough.

"
Just tenacity," Allen said. "Just toughness. Just gritty. Just mean. He's going to be good."

Allen also drew a few laughs talking about the dynamic with Lane Kiffin and the Alabama defense.

"
We love to get Lane Kiffin yelled at and fired up in practice," Allen said with a grin. "That's our goal. At the same time, you have to make it fun. Like Coach Saban says, you can't think about it as work all the time or it will drive you crazy. So we try to find fun with everything and it's been working so far."

Kiffin knows about that little plan among defensive players.

"Oh he knows it because he tries to get us cussed out and yelled at and chewed out," Allen said. "
So it's back and forth . . . I'll say we've won more, but he's he schemes now and he does a good job."

Left tackle Cam Robinson laughed when asked about that competition.

"
I didn't know that was their goal," Robinson said. "But they accomplish it sometimes."


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